Hiba Tawaji is apparently not the only Lebanese who impressed at the Voice France this year as there’s another 19 year old called Lea Tchéna who also made it to the next round and joined Zazie’s team.
She says she’s half Lebanese at around minute 6. Mika’s reaction is hilarious.
BETA‘s shelter for abandoned and abused dogs in Lebanon is now full due to low adoption rates and no kill policy. As a result, they’ve decided to start a new campaign ” The Expats Pets Program ” to help find loving and permanent homes abroad for these animals, while raising awareness on this forced immigration to encourage local adoption.
I think you are all familiar with BETA‘s amazing work in Lebanon and I’ve shared many of their stories in Lebanon, so let’s spread the word and donate:
– To help them keep these animals in Lebanon
– Or donate to their rehoming program to give them an opportunity abroad.
Of course if you wish to adopt a dog locally in Lebanon or internationally anywhere in the world you can also do so through the [website].
Update: Here’s a [link] to the first interview with Hiba after her performance.
Hiba is a great talent and her debut in the Voice was as expected and more. She has what it takes to go all the way so let’s cross our fingers and hope she wins!
All pictures were taken by the one and only Roger Moukarzel
A lot of beautiful villas and houses were occupied by the Syrians during their 30-year military presence in Lebanon specially in Mount Lebanon and above Aley. Unfortunately, some villas were beyond repair and are still abandoned but Geneva-based hedge fund manager Philippe Jabre had other plans for his villa as he decided to renovate the house that his grandfather had built and that his brother was killed while defending it from the Syrian army in 1976. The renovation cost more than $10 million dollars and took around 7 years but the outcome as you can see is this splendid villa.
The villa is a three-story modern home with large bedrooms, a home theater, an indoor swimming pool and sauna, an elevator, large gardens and a surrounding forest.
I posted a couple of pictures and you can see more [here].
PS: It would have been awesome if they showed us how the villa looked like before.
A video was shared earlier by Animal Rescue Lebanon today showing sheep loaded inside a truck with tons of bags placed on top of them. That’s just outrageous but I wonder why didn’t the people who filmed it call the cops? The truck probably stayed for a good half hour on the highway so they could have easily been arrested.
Check it out [here].
Lebanon has officially announced 3 days of mourning for the death of the Saudi King Abdullah. I won’t dig into politics and explain why it’s only normal that the Lebanese authorities mourn the Saudi King (they don’t really have a choice) but the question that everyone has been asking is why don’t we ever mourn our own greats? the likes of Sabah, Wadih el Safi, Said Akl and others? Is the Saudi King more important or relevant to us than these legends? I don’t think so.
Moreover, why don’t we mourn our Lebanese Army martyrs? those brave men who are fighting as we speak terrorists in Ras Baalbeck? I am not asking for 3 days of mourning as we would have spent the past year mourning the army martyrs unfortunately, but the least we can do is set our priorities straight in this country and show support to the army who’s leading fierce battles to keep us from mourning new victims of terrorist attacks.
On a last note and since we are mourning the Saudi King, should we mourn the $3-billion in arms that were promised by the late Saudi King as well? Let’s hope not.
PS: Nelson Mandela got a mourning day too.
Jamie Jones was awarded the 2014 Best Deep House DJ and is ranked #12 on [ResidentAdvisor]. He performed at Burning man, Glastonbury Tomorroworld last year, he’s been hosting his own parties at Ibiza’s DC10 nightclub recently and he’s coming to Beirut this Saturday to play at the amazing O1NE venue in Beirut!
Check out his beats on [SoundCloud] and here’s a link to the O1NE [event].
Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that indoor smoking ban will be enforced, and that the ministry will be raiding restaurants and other enclosed public places to make sure the law is being implemented. The first attempt to ban smoking took place two years ago and failed miserably as the majority of restaurants, pubs and venues are breaking Law 174.
I would love to see the smoking ban law implemented in Lebanon but I believe Minister Abou Faour should take a pragmatic approach and avoid the mistakes that were done before, specially in regards to restaurants serving shisha that are still growing in numbers unfortunately and are the biggest problem nowadays. If we want this smoking ban to really work, it should be done in several phases and over 1 or 2 years to allow all pubs and restaurants to adapt. In fact, if the government had adopted a proper strategy back in 2012, the law would be running smoothly by now.
In all cases, we can’t but support any initiative to cut down smoking in Lebanon so let’s see how things will go this time.
That’s how Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s wine correspondent, ended her article on Lebanon’s wine industry, on the end of an era with Serge Hochar’s tragic death and how Lebanese wine is booming abroad. She spoke about the obstacles that wine makers are facing recently in Lebanon, and how she was impressed by the energy and commitment of the new generation of producers that managed to double the quantity of Lebanese wine abroad in five years.
Lebanon moved from 12 wineries in 2004 to 40 commercial wineries by 2012 making eight million bottles of wine a year and exporting wine worth $14.5 million. Some of the wineries mentioned in Moore’s article include Domaine des Tourelles, Ixsir, Chateau Musar and Château St Thomas.
Lebanese wine is great and definitely worth trying. I will post shortly a list of my ten favorite Lebanese wine bottles.
You can check the full article [Here].
It may seem hard to believe but these people are demonstrating because Zahle is getting 24-hour electricity soon and their generators will become useless. I think they should be held accountable for ripping off people with ridiculous generator bills all these years.